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Victor Fleming

Biography

Movie director of the vintage 1939 movies Gone USING THE Wind as well as the Wizard of Oz. He received an Academy Honor for Best Movie director for Gone USING THE Wind. He was presented with his start like a video camera assistant by movie director Allan Dwan. His last feature was the 1948 film Joan of Arc. He passed away just 8 weeks following the film premiered. He was wedded to Lucile Rosson on Sept 26, 1933. They elevated two children collectively. He aimed Olivia DeHavilland in Eliminated With The Blowing wind.

Quick Facts


Full Name Victor Fleming
Date Of Birth February 23, 1889
Died January 6, 1949, Cottonwood, Arizona, United States
Place Of Birth Pasadena, CA
Profession Director
Nationality American
Spouse Lucile Rosson Fleming, Clara Winifred Strouse
Parents William Alonzo Fleming, Elizabeth Evaleen
Awards Academy Award for Best Director
Movies Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Captains Courageous, Red Dust, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Joan of Arc, Treasure Island, The Virginian, A Guy Named Joe, Bombshell, Test Pilot, When the Clouds Roll By, Tortilla Flat, Mantrap, Reckless, The Way of All Flesh, The Farmer Takes a Wife, Hula, The Wet Parade, Wolf Song, The Rough Riders, Common Clay, The White Sister, Lord Jim, Adventure, The Great Waltz, Abie's Irish Rose, The Awakening, Empty Hands, The Call of the Canyon, The Blind Goddess, Code of the Sea, To the Last Man, Law of the Lawless, Dark Secrets, Anna Ascends, A Son of His Father, The Lane That Had No Turning, His Majesty, the American, The Habit of Happiness, The Good Bad Man, They Dare Not Love, Wild and Woolly, The Matrimaniac, The Mollycoddle, Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks, Mama's Affair, Renegades, Red Hot Romance, Woman's Place, The Devil's Cargo
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#Fact
1Director Henry Hathaway, a former Fleming assistant director, said of his old boss, "There was more of Fleming in [Clark Gable] than there was Gable in Gable. I think that Gable really mimicked Victor Fleming and became that kind of man on the screen".
2He served in the Signal Corps as a cameraman during World War I.
3Mervyn LeRoy, producer of The Wizard of Oz (1939) and a major director in his own right, said of Fleming, "Vic was one of the best directors that ever lived. The funny thing is, nobody mentions him anymore. He was a great director and a great man".
4He was working as a chauffeur for a wealthy family when he met director Allan Dwan in 1913. When the director began talking to him about repairing his own car, he discovered Fleming was knowledgeable about cameras and offered him a job as assistant cinematographer. Working behind the camera, Fleming learned about action pictures from Dwan and comedies from Marshall Neilan.
5Actress Victoria Leigh is his grandniece.
6Did not live to see The Wizard of Oz (1939), which he directed, become a sensation on television and an all-time classic through its annual telecasts.
7When making Gone with the Wind (1939), he wanted Scarlett, for at least once in the film, to look like his hunting buddy Clark Gable's type of woman. So, when wearing the stunning low-cut burgundy velvet dress with rhinestones that Scarlett wears to Ashley Wilkes' birthday party in the second half of the film, to achieve the desired cleavage for Fleming, Walter Plunkett had to tape Vivien Leigh's breasts together.
8The only director to have two films listed in the top 10 of the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 100 greatest American films, Gone with the Wind (1939) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
9He directed 9 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Emil Jannings, Spencer Tracy, Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Frank Morgan, José Ferrer and Ingrid Bergman. Jannings, Tracy, Leigh and McDaniel all won Oscars for their performances in one of Fleming's movies.
10Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 351-357. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
11Interred at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever), Hollywood, California, USA, in the Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Refuge, #2081.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Legend Floyd: The Dark Side of the Rainbow2000TV Movie archive footage
Ford Star Jubilee1956TV Series 1 episode
Joan of Arc1948
Adventure1945
A Guy Named Joe1943
Tortilla Flat1942
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde1941
They Dare Not Love1941uncredited
Gone with the Wind1939
The Wizard of Oz1939
The Great Waltz1938uncredited
Test Pilot1938
Captains Courageous1937
The Good Earth1937uncredited
The Farmer Takes a Wife1935
Reckless1935
Treasure Island1934
Bombshell1933uncredited
The White Sister1933uncredited
Red Dust1932uncredited
The Wet Parade1932uncredited
Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks1931Documentary
Renegades1930
Common Clay1930
The Virginian1929
The Wolf Song1929
The Awakening1928
Abie's Irish Rose1928
The Rough Riders1927
Hula1927
The Way of All Flesh1927
Mantrap1926
The Blind Goddess1926
Lord Jim1925
A Son of His Father1925
Adventure1925
The Devil's Cargo1925
Empty Hands1924
Code of the Sea1924
The Call of the Canyon1923
To the Last Man1923
Law of the Lawless1923
Dark Secrets1923
Anna Ascends1922
Red Hot Romance1922
The Lane That Had No Turning1922
Woman's Place1921
Mama's Affair1921
The Mollycoddle1920
When the Clouds Roll by1919

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks1931Documentary
His Majesty, the American1919
Reaching for the Moon1917
Down to Earth1917
Wild and Woolly1917
The Americano1916
The Matrimaniac1916
American Aristocracy1916
Manhattan Madness1916
The Half-Breed1916
An Innocent Magdalene1916
Macbeth1916
The Good Bad Man1916
Little Meena's Romance1916
The Habit of Happiness1916
Betty of Greystone1916
Fifty-Fifty1915/IIShort

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Great Waltz1938director: retakes - uncredited
The Crowd Roars1938director of retakes - uncredited
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages1916second assistant director: Babylon story - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde1941producer
Renegades1930producer
Adventure1925producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Envoy Extraordinary1914Minor Role (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
When the Clouds Roll by1919uncredited

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Modern Musketeer1917camera operator - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment, Part II1976Documentary acknowledgment: the non-musical sequences represent outstanding contributions by

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928-19391940Documentary shortHimself - 1939 Oscar Winner for Directing
Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks1931DocumentaryHimself
A Trip Through the Paramount Studio1927Documentary shortHimself
When the Clouds Roll by1919Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Oz! The Making of a Classic2009Video documentary shortHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl1999TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Secret Lives1996TV Series documentaryHimself - Funeral Guest
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood: The Selznick Years1969TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1719 Vine Street
1940OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorGone with the Wind (1939)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1939Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalThe Wizard of Oz (1939)
1938Mussolini CupVenice Film FestivalBest Foreign FilmTest Pilot (1938)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1937NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorCaptains Courageous (1937)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1939NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorGone with the Wind (1939)


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#Quote
1[To David O. Selznick after being offered a percentage of the profits rather than a salary for directing Gone with the Wind (1939)] Don't be a damn fool, David. This picture is going to be one of the biggest white elephants of all time.
2Don't get excited. Obstacles make a better picture.


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